The Beautiful Christmas Tree

Charlotte Zolotow Yan Nascimbene


The Beautiful Christmas Tree

The Beautiful Christmas Tree

  • Title: The Beautiful Christmas Tree
  • Author: Charlotte Zolotow Yan Nascimbene
  • ISBN: 9780395913659
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Hardcover



Like Charlotte Zolotow s recently reissued The Bunny Who Found Easter, The Beautiful Christmas Tree has gently captured the true meaning of this special holiday for generations of young readers In this timeless story Mr Crockett teaches his snobbish neighbors that beauty is as beauty does, when he rescues a scrawny tree With years of loving care, the little pine growsLike Charlotte Zolotow s recently reissued The Bunny Who Found Easter, The Beautiful Christmas Tree has gently captured the true meaning of this special holiday for generations of young readers In this timeless story Mr Crockett teaches his snobbish neighbors that beauty is as beauty does, when he rescues a scrawny tree With years of loving care, the little pine grows strong, bringing songbirds and new friends to a lonely old man The vibrant color palette and fresh compositions of Yan Nascimbene lend a modern look to a holiday staple This new edition not only celebrates the spirit of Christmas but reaffirms our faith almost thirty years since its first publication in the basic goodness of people all year round.


Recent Comments "The Beautiful Christmas Tree"

Miss Six gives it five stars. It's a bit long with some detailed botanical descriptions that felt tedious. Also, not really Christmassy, but sweet. I give it 3.5 stars.

Reading Level: 3.1There is an old saying Mr. Crockett imparts, “Beauty is as beauty does.” This charming picture book recommended for K-2 audiences can be enjoyed by all. This story has a melodic rhythm that matches the pace and patience of a long journey unfolding-- that being of a spindly, unwanted tree found in an obscure corner of a flower shop that grows into The Beautiful Christmas Tree. The Christmas aspect takes a backseat role, barely peeking through at the end; the focal point of t [...]

This was a pretty solid book. While fairly secular in nature, the goodness of Mr. Crockett and his hard-working nature and patience and all great qualities to have. Plus, I'm rather a fan of championing the underdog plants, especially the unloved Christmas trees. It became special to others because the love that Mr. Crockett gave it (and, truly, his whole home) shone through.My Favorite Picture:The tiny tree in Mr. Crockett's window when he first took it home.

Theme: ChristmasThis is too long for storytime."Mr. Crockett teaches his snobbish neighbors that "beauty is as beauty does" when he rescues a scrawny tree. With years of loving care, the little pine grows strong, bringing songbirds and new friends to the lonely old man. The vibrant color palette and fresh graphic compositions of Yan Nascimbene lend a modern look to this new edition. The Beautiful Christmas Tree not only celebrates the spirit of Christmas but also reaffirms our faith-almost thirt [...]

I really love this book. It is slow paced and deals gently and simply with the ugly side of humanity—the reason we need Christmas. My 4yo and 5yo were able to follow along just fine, and we had plenty to discuss. Redemptive and hope filled.

Sweet story, not related to the Nativity but talking generally of "beauty is as beauty does." Text is long for most elementary students to stay interested. Could be an inspirational read-aloud.

My first read of this tale. Very good message of hope/stewardship. Also, of friendship and living as a positive example to the younger generations. I did, however, wish I could see the work of the first (1972) edition illustrator. This is not met to imply that Yan Nascimbene's work is lacking. On the contrary, perhaps what I'm, truly, saying is that I feel the hard cover edition of this, most likely showcases the bright tone and meticulous detail of the new (1999) illustrations more powerfully.

This is a heart-warming tale of the true meaning of Christmas. Mr. Crockett brings strange ways of doing things to the neighborhood. People look at him differently but his ways shine through in the end. His tree represents his love. His love makes a wimpy tree grow into a beautiful Christmas tree. I would recommend this book to anyone. It is a wonderful Christmas tale. I would suggest it for anywhere from second to fourth grade. This is definitely a Christmas classic!

I really enjoyed the first half of the story. I loved how the author showed the contrast between Mr. Crockett and his neighbors, and by doing so commented on the neighbors without being blatant. And having grown up on the Peanut's Christmas special, how could I not love the part about choosing a tree? I just found the end a bit flat in comparison.

It's best if you can find the original edition of this lovely story with the illustrations by Ruth Robbins. To the best of my knowledge, the newer edition is an abbreviated version of the story and much of the original charm is lost.

I read the edition with illustrations by Ruth Robbins with a 1972 copyright. Love the story & the character of Mr. Crockett. He sees beauty and value where his fancy neighbors do not. Curious to see this newer version and compare them. Charlotte Zolotow remains a favorite author.

Always have loved this cute tale.

A good story to encourage us to slow down and "live". It's also a comment on our busy society and what we value.

A nice Christmas story of finding beauty in hidden places.

Touching story

Lovely tale. Very inspiring. Wonderful message. Great Christmas story of faith. :)

Lovely story, but the ending wasn't enough for me, which is why I gave it 3 stars.

This was a sweet touching story.

Wonderful. I don't know that it demanded new illustrations.

Beautiful story of the true meaning of Christmas and teaches the lesson of finding beauty in unexpected places.

Alissa felt so sad about the way people treated Mr. Crockett. She especially liked the way the birds decorated the tree.


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